Safety Rules

Skydiving Safety Rules and Information


A Few Thoughts On Safety

Skydive Perris is one of the busiest drop zones on the planet!  We are capable of sending 24 jumpers up on each of our 8 turbine aircraft 30+ times a day.  That equates to potentially over 5700 individual skydives every single day!   Our beautiful Southern California location provides some of the best and most consistent weather for sky dive operations in the United States and we are truly skydiving Orange County year-round.

This lift capacity and operational ability makes for a world class skydiving destination in which you can come and enjoy an unforgettable day of sky diving but it also necessitates the need for us to be very mindful of what we are doing both in the air and on the ground.  Our sport carries heavy consequences for the complacent skydiver and everyone around them.  However, complacency isn’t always the main cause of accidents and it may just be a lack of knowledge of common practices around the dropzone.

In the paragraphs that follow we will outline common practices and policies that will govern your safety at Skydive Perris.

Safety Rules and Reminders

  • Safety is EVERYONE'S responsibility.
  • Don't ever get complacent
  • Review your emergency procedures before every jump.
  • Get a gear check before every jump.
  • Always approach the plane from the rear.
  • 200 jumps are required before jumping a camera of any kind.  (this includes a GoPro or similar type action camera)
  • Perform handle checks before preparing to exit.
  • Be very aware of  of everyone around you at break off.
  • Be mentally prepared for malfunctions and always be ready to perform your emergency procedures.
  • Know which way is North, South, East, and West on every jump.
  • Keep your head on a swivel and look for other canopies during your entire canopy flight.

Loading & Exiting The Plane



In The Aircraft

  • Seatbelts and helmets must be worn until 1500 feet/450 meters this includes while ground taxiing.
  • The aircraft door must stay closed until 1500 feet/450 meters this includes while ground taxiing.
  • On red light open the door and check for traffic.
  • On green light climb out and exit if safe to do so.
  • Know the exit separation time between groups and count it off while visually confirming adequate horizontal separation.
  • DO NOT EXIT if the Green light is NOT on.
  • Listen for the pilot’s instructions.

Exit order

*A group is defined as one or more people
*Standard pass at 12,500/3800 meters
*Only one tracking OR angle flying group per load
*No more than two groups of either Tracking suits and/or Wingsuits.
  • Tracking (not tracking suits) OR Angle flying group.
  • FS groups biggest to smallest
  • FF groups biggest to smallest
  • Anyone pulling above 4000 feet/1200 meters
  • AFF
  • Tandem
  • Tracking Suits
  • Wingsuits

Groups with their own passes 

  • Hop and Pops
  • 4-way Teams at 10,500 feet/3200 meters
  • CRW pass at 12,500 feet/3800 meters (Do not follow the CRW Dogs out on their pass)

Single Passes

  • To maximize efficiency and safety all groups will exit on a single pass unless otherwise unsafe to do so.  Skydive Perris has ample open space and landing areas allowing groups to exit safely on a single pass.
  • Know the exit separation timing between groups and visually confirm there is adequate horizontal separation before exiting.
  • On light wind days the first and last groups out may be climbing out as far as Ethanac Rd. to the South or Case Rd. to the North.
  • Continue exiting as long as the Green light is still on and if it is safe to do so.

The Landing Area

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  • Look for other canopies during your entire canopy flight. 
  • After opening your parachute fly your canopy perpendicular to jump run until you see the next group open.
  • Spirals and radical maneuvers are not allowed under canopy.
  • Landing direction will be parallel to the runway and will be determined by the ORANGE ARROW. If there is no orange arrow the landing direction will be set by the first person landing in the grass.
  • If it's required to land in a different direction than what has been set jumpers must be at least 300 feet/100 meters to the East of the grass.
  • A 'B' license and 100 jumps is required to land in the gras
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  • You do not have to land in the grass.  If the pattern to the grass does not look safe or is too crowded decide at a higher altitude to land safely elsewhere.
  • In variable winds the landing direction should be set from South to North.
  • The west side grass is closed for landing when:
    • There are tandems landing
    • There are canopies landing in opposite directions in the grass
    • There are canopies landing in the opposite direction of the arrow
  • Tandems and students always have the right of way.
  • Fly a predictable pattern with long straight legs.
  • The base leg should begin approximately at the triangle heading West towards the runway.
  • No greather than 90 degree turns are allowed below 1500 feet/450 meters
  • If you open to the West side of the runway and choose to cross over the runway for landing in the grass to the east of the runway you must be at least 1500feet/450 meters high when you cross the runway and be able to smoothly enter into the pattern.
  • If you find yourself open to the West of the runway and can not safely cross the runway by 1500 feet/450 meters you should land in the open fields to the North or South on the West side of the runway.  The landing direction and pattern will be the same as the direction that has been established.
  • Be lined up and on final approach by 300 feet/100 meters. Fly straight in at full flight. No sashaying or deep break flight.
  • After landing immediately collapse your canopy and turn to see oncoming canopy traffic. Move to either edge of the grass as soon as it is safe to do so.
  • Look for aircraft either taking off or landing while at the flag line before crossing the runway.
  • If a siren sounds there is a plane taking off or landing on the runway.  MOVE OFF THE RUNWAY IMMEDIATELY!
  • Wingsuiters, anfle flyers, and tracking dive participants must read the "Horizontal Flying rules and guidelines" and see the overhead photo for flight paths.
  • Know the hazardous landing areas as shown on the overhead photo.
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Horizontal Flying Rules & Guidelines (Angle flying and "Traditional" Tracking)


  • Only one (1) group of angle flyers or “traditional” trackers are allowed per load. (This includes trackers who are not wearing tracking suits).  A group is defined as one or more people.
  • The angle or tracking group leader must be belly to earth. The leader can only be on their backs if another experienced tracker is over them belly to earth to help with direction control.
  • The angle flying or tracking group will be the first to exit the aircraft.
  • The group will fly due East perpendicular to the runway for the entire freefall.
  • Angle flyers and “traditional” trackers may not make turns away from the eastern heading.
  • Angle flyers and trackers may not deploy their parachutes higher than 4000 feet/1200 meters.  After opening flyers must continue to fly East until visibly clear of other jumpers.
  • If landing in the eastern half of the triangle a truck will normally be dispatched for pick up.
  • Tracking or angle flying is NOT allowed if: a) the jumper or jumpers are over the West side of a parallel jump run, or b) jump run is not parallel to the runway.

Tracking Suits

  • Stay small upon exiting until you are clear of the aircraft.
  • A minimum of 100 jumps is required to wear a Tracking Suit.
  • Under 200 jumps must do a check-out dive and be approved by a Perris Wingsuit Coach or Organizer.
  • Under 500 jumps must get a briefing from a Perris Coach or Organizer.
  • Only two (2) groups of Tracking Suits and/or Wingsuits are allowed per load. A group is defined as one or more people.
  • Tracking Suits and Wingsuits will exit last on jump run with Tracking Suits exiting first, lesser experienced wingsuiters second, and more experienced wingsuiters last.


  • Keep wings closed when exiting until you are clear of the aircraft.
  • First time Wingsuit flights require a minimum of 200 jumps AND complete a First Flight Course with an approved Perris Wingsuit Coach.
  • When gearing up secure your rig first to include your chest strap and leg straps and then adjust your wingsuit.
  • Tail wings must be zipped up and ready to jump before boarding the aircraft.
  • Only two (2) groups of Tracking Suits and/or Wingsuits are allowed per load. A group is defined as one or more people.
  • Tracking Suits and Wingsuits will exit last on jump run with Tracking Suits exiting first, lesser experienced wingsuiters second, and more experienced wingsuiters last.
  • All tracking and wingsuit groups must fly the planned pattern and stay East of the eastern-most point of the triangle to avoid other air traffic.  If there are two groups, Group 1 flies an “inside line” and Group 2 flies an “outside line”. (Please see overhead of Wingsuit Flight Patterns.)
  • Wingsuit fly-by's on other jumpers are not permitted. Wingsuiters are responsible for maintaining a safe distance from all tandems and high pullers.
  • XRW (“Extreme Relative Work”) - wingsuiters and high-performance canopy pilots flying together and docking is not allowed unless you have prior permission from management.

*** Manifest must be notified before any type of horizontal flying will be permitted. If manifest is not notified and there is a conflict the jumper or jumpers may be required to taken off the load at their own expense. ***

Wingsuit/Tracking Suit Flight Paths

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South to North Jump Run

North to South Jump Run

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